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What materials are gutters made of?

Gutters are made of a variety of different materials. Aluminum gutters are currently the most commonly installed type of gutters. Copper and wood gutters are rarely installed, but they are still loved by restoration experts and architectural purists. Vinyl gutters are very affordable and they can be installed with do-it-yourself kits.

Aluminum Gutters

The Good:

- Affordable
- Corrosion-resistant
- Lightweight
- Versatile, easy to work with
- Wide selection of colors
- Low maintenance

The Bad:

- Vulnerable to denting
- Thicker versions are more expensive



Galvanized Gutters

The Good:

- Strong and durable
- Made of steel and zinc

The Bad:

- Heavy
- More expensive than aluminum
- Requires repainting
- May rust over time



Copper Gutters

The Good:

- Durable
- Do not need to be painted
- High-end look
- Will not rust

The Bad:

- Very expensive
- Will oxidize and turn green unless treated
- More complex installation





Wood Gutters

The Good:

- Prized by architectural purists
- Classic look, ideal for restorations
- Typically installed with metal downspouts

The Bad:

- Very heavy
- Requires regular maintenance
- Must be treated to prevent water damage



Vinyl Gutters

The Good:

- Very affordable
- Easy to install
- Lightweight
- Simple repairs
- Will not rust or corrode

The Bad:

- Damaged by heavy impact
- May crack due to extreme temperatures






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